Spheres of Influence

A seminar series in Lent Term for all postgraduate students and second and third year undergraduates, with speakers who work, or have worked, in fields related to International Relations

These seminars in Lent Term give you the opportunity to learn about the diverse ways your studies of International Relations can translate into professional life. 

The speaker will briefly present their career, or an aspect of it, before we open the floor for a question and answer session between the you and the speaker. You're encouraged to submit questions when you register for the session, but you will have an opportunity to ask questions that occur to you during the event.




More Spheres of Influence seminars due in Lent Term 2022!




Kurt Barling

Tuesday 2 February 2020
Online event via Zoom - 1 hour

In this session, you'll hear from Professor Kurt Barling, Professor of Journalism (Practice) at Middlesex University, and was a leading broadcaster for the BBC for 27 years.

He has covered stories all around the world and operated undercover and in war zones. He has made dozens of primetime documentaries and has won numerous industry awards for his journalism, film-making and writing. Before he embarked on a career in journalism, he was a Lecturer in International Relations at the London School of Economics.

Watch the video (62mins) (LSE log-in required)





Markus Jaeger

Tuesday 27 October 2020
Online event via Zoom - 1 hour

In this session, you'll hear from Markus Jaeger, a Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.  

Previously, he was a Director at Deutsche Bank Research in New York, where he was responsible for country risk and political risk research. He also has extensive experience covering the US economy and financial markets as well as the euro area and emerging markets. He started his professional career as a sovereign risk analyst in the City of London.  

Markus has been a Visiting Scholar at the European University Institute in Italy and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Political Economy Studies in Brazil. He attended Heidelberg University and Sciences Po and holds a MSc and PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

Watch the video (53 mins) (LSE log-in required)




Rosa Balfour

Wednesday 25 November 2020
Online event via Zoom - 1 hour

In this session you'll hear from Rosa Balfour. Rosa is director of Carnegie Europe. Her fields of expertise include European politics, institutions, and foreign and security policy. Her current research focuses on the relationship between domestic politics and Europe’s global role. 

Watch the video (56 mins) (LSE log-in required)

We are committed to providing transformational opportunities beyond the classroom in line with the LSE's Student Futures programme. This activity contributes to 'Developing Your Career'.